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10:03 am - 11/28/2011

Religious Right Groups Launch Fight Against TLC Reality Show


Submitted by Brian Tashman on November 28, 2011 - 10:35am

When TLC introduced a reality show about Muslim families living in Dearborn, Michigan, called All-American Muslim, it didn’t take long for anti-Muslim activists to throw a fit that the families in the program didn’t fit their stereotype of Muslims as bloodthirsty and devious terrorists. Robert Spencer urged TLC to make a show about an American Muslim who “ended up participating in jihad activity,” and the Florida Family Association claimed to have convinced eighteen companies to pull their ads from the show.

Earlier this year, the same group demanded companies stop advertising on TeenNick because the show Degrassi featured a transgender character. The FFA said in an alert to members:

The Learning Channel's new show All-American Muslim is propaganda clearly designed to counter legitimate and present-day concerns about many Muslims who are advancing Islamic fundamentalism and Sharia law. The show profiles only Muslims that appear to be ordinary folks while excluding many Islamic believers whose agenda poses a clear and present danger to liberties and traditional values that the majority of Americans cherish.



Clearly this program is attempting to manipulate Americans into ignoring the threat of jihad and to influence them to believe that being concerned about the jihad threat would somehow victimize these nice people in this show.

Forida [sic] Family Association sent out an email alert on November 15, 2011 to inform supporters about The Learning Channel’s new show called All-American Muslim and encouraged supporters to send emails to advertisers.


Truth in Action Ministries, formerly Coral Ridge Ministries, also attacked the reality show and said it is part of the “stealth jihad”:

Jerry Newcombe, Truth in Action Ministries' senior producer and analyst, says the major problem with the program is that it's not going to show the reality of "pure Islam."

"It's a free country. Muslims are free to practice their religion here (thanks to Christianity, ultimately). What is sad, though, is that the truth about the goals of radical Islam are hidden from many Americans through programs like the one on TLC. Islam wants to take over the world. If they have to use force, they'll do that. But otherwise, they'll do it by what Robert Spencer calls 'stealth jihad,'" Newcombe said.


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redstar826 28th-Nov-2011 05:29 pm (UTC)
Islam wants to take over the world.

and Christianity, especially the fundamentalist evangelical protestant variety that is represented by the 'family values' groups like the FFA, doesn't?
redstar826 28th-Nov-2011 05:30 pm (UTC)
anyone else having issues with comments today? it has taken me at least 2 tries for every comment I have posted today D:
maladaptive 28th-Nov-2011 06:20 pm (UTC)
I didn't know Florida did! That's pretty awesome.

Also I'm kind of excited for the show, if only because one of the women in the ads is badass and I never thought I'd hear opinions like hers on mainstream TV.
etherealtsuki 28th-Nov-2011 05:32 pm (UTC)
Well, someone is salty as all hell that Muslim folks don't live up to shitty-ass stereotypes enforced by Christians from the West.

I mean, holy shit, the amount of concern trolling. And the fact companies actually pulled out their ads because HOW DARE THEY PORTRAY BROWN MUSLIMS AS ACTUAL HUMAN BEINGS. Fuck them people.
poetic_pixie_13 28th-Nov-2011 05:47 pm (UTC)
I remember growing up with my seemingly 'normal' Muslim friends. Some were hijabi and they'd all, like, obviously try and take over the world and shit. I'm still haunted by their attacks on our good, white Western values. Giggling about boys with me in high school, ranting about politics. And even now, having sleepovers and trying to figure out what we're doing with our lives, teasing me mercilessly about girls I had crushes on. Oh, it's so malicious.

Edited at 2011-11-28 05:48 pm (UTC)
fate_otaku 28th-Nov-2011 05:48 pm (UTC)
Out of curiousity, what do the average American think "jihad" mean?
lilenth 28th-Nov-2011 05:54 pm (UTC)

Ugh they can fuck right off, the majority of muslims are ordinary people, just like how most white folks are ordinary people rather than being BNP members or Neo-nazis.
nothingmuch 28th-Nov-2011 05:54 pm (UTC)
Robert Spencer urged TLC to make a show about an American Muslim who “ended up participating in jihad activity,” .... The Learning Channel's new show All-American Muslim is propaganda

But making a "reality" show portraying American Muslims as a bunch of violent radicals would not be propaganda at all! That would be fair and educational!

The show profiles only Muslims that appear to be ordinary folks

And what's with that 19 Kids and Counting trash? If TLC wants a show about Christians, they need to show backwoods neo-nazi militias and abortion clinic bombers!!

Clearly this program is attempting to manipulate Americans

Unlike Evangelical Christians who just want to make your kids pray to their god in school, celebrate their holidays exclusively, and call you an anti-American Satan-worshipper if you disagree.

Islam wants to take over the world.

Unlike Evangelical Christians who go on mission trips all over the world to hard sell their religion to desperate, impoverished people.

Edited at 2011-11-28 05:57 pm (UTC)
popehippo 28th-Nov-2011 06:07 pm (UTC)
Ugh, fuck these people.

I'm mildly worried about the show, not because it's about Muslims but because TLCs shows tend to be almost as exploitave as they are helpful and tend to work via shock value.
fauxdistressed 28th-Nov-2011 06:18 pm (UTC)
I don't know that there's much to exploit - the people are perhaps the most ordinary people that TLC has ever broadcasted
fauxdistressed 28th-Nov-2011 06:15 pm (UTC)
Methinks these people did not watch the show
eveofrevolution 28th-Nov-2011 06:22 pm (UTC)
Frickin' idiots. Also, back the fuck up off Degrassi. That show is flawless, even if all the original people aren't there anymore. And Adam is doubly flawless. I wish he would get more storylines tho
mahasin 28th-Nov-2011 06:35 pm (UTC)
I just started rewatching Degrassi Jr. High and I'm like "OMG I FORGOT HOW MUCH THIS SHOW WAS THE SHIT".

I'm gonna start a blog called "WTF was Lucy Wearing" one of these days.
tabaqui 28th-Nov-2011 06:46 pm (UTC)
I haven't seen the show yet, but i expect it to be the usual mix of TLC schmoop and 'dramatic' cuts about stuff that's not all that dramatic.

And honestly - fuck all these dissenters and the high horse they rode in on. So sick of their paranoia, hysteria, tunnel-vision and bigotry.
nothingmuch 28th-Nov-2011 07:18 pm (UTC)
from the FFA alert:

Many woman were shown wearing hijabs and many who were not, but the program did not show what happens if one of the hijab-wearing women decides to take it off.

Not true! One of the women said she had worn it from when she was 11 until her late teens, then decided to not wear it anymore because it's not her style.

Clearly this program is an attempt to manipulate Americans into ignoring the threat of jihad and to bully them into thinking that being concerned about the jihad threat would somehow victimize these nice people in this show.

TO BULLY AMERICANS IN TO... BEING CONCERNED ABOUT... NICE PEOPLE

kyra_neko_rei 28th-Nov-2011 08:55 pm (UTC)
Many woman were shown wearing hijabs and many who were not, but the program did not show what happens if one of the hijab-wearing women decides to take it off.

What do they expect to happen? All the fuses in the house to blow? Lightning? The hijab to come to life and scold her?
mindrtist 28th-Nov-2011 07:33 pm (UTC)
I found that show on my On Demand menu just last night. Can't wait to watch and see how it is. I did like the promo of a woman saying, "No, I don't have a camel parked in my garage".
nothingmuch 28th-Nov-2011 07:33 pm (UTC)
lol
snapesgirl34 28th-Nov-2011 07:56 pm (UTC)
"Truth in Action Ministries, formerly Coral Ridge Ministries, also attacked the reality show and said it is part of the 'stealth jihad'”

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fate_otaku 28th-Nov-2011 09:16 pm (UTC)
LOL. true, though.
astridmyrna 28th-Nov-2011 10:00 pm (UTC)
Oh crap, I forgot that show had started already! I'd been interested in watching it too.

And seriously, if TLC can give a family of Christians a T.V. show because they like to reproduce and visit a creationist museum, then there should be no problem with a T.V. show about your everyday Muslim.
cyranothe2nd 28th-Nov-2011 10:22 pm (UTC)
OT: If I wanted to start watching Degrassi, where should I start? At the beginning or is there some other accessible point?
nothingmuch 28th-Nov-2011 10:32 pm (UTC)
Start with the '80s version! lol

nekomika 28th-Nov-2011 10:49 pm (UTC)
If 19/20 Kids and Counting is okay then this show is more than fine.
miss_world13 29th-Nov-2011 12:53 am (UTC)
Really?? Have they watched the show? Whoever said let's have a show focusing only on the fundamentalist Christians, I am all for that. GTFO, FFA.
beoweasel 29th-Nov-2011 01:38 am (UTC)
The show profiles only Muslims that appear to be ordinary folks while excluding many Islamic believers whose agenda poses a clear and present danger to liberties and traditional values that the majority of Americans cherish.

Okay, I'll bite, just how different are the ultra-fundamentalist views of both religions when you boil them down?

They both hate gays, they both want strict control over a woman's sexuality and her body, and they both support a domineering, patriarchal society. Really, the only major differences is, that fundamentalist Christians hate the poor, and Muslims have to pray five times a day.

And cripes, it's a religion of a billion people, how paranoid are you, that you think everyone of them is out to get you?
kiri_l 29th-Nov-2011 05:09 am (UTC)
HA! That's my new line! There are over a billion people practicing that religion, how paranoid are you, that you think everyone of them is out to get you? Yes you. Just you ... and your kind! I can't wait for the stampede! The locking of the bunker doors! *giggling*

Ready for the next family gathering! :D

(work with me here.. it is funny!)
deleriumd 29th-Nov-2011 02:04 am (UTC)
I haven't watched the show, but I've talked with other Muslims who really dislike the show, but it seems that there is a lot more attention paid to angry Christians.
serendipity_15 29th-Nov-2011 02:45 am (UTC)
I am now curious to see this show after going to the website and seeing some clips. I mean, they are seriously probably the most ordinary people that TLC has ever filmed.
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